JULY 4 – PROFILES AND PROMISESBy: Darrelyn L. Tutt
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”Philippians 4:7-8and“Zerah the Ethiopian came out against them (Israel) with an army of a million men and 300 chariots, and came as far as Mareshah. And Asa went out to meet him, and they drew up their lines of battle in the Valley of Zephathah at Mareshah. And Asa cried to the Lord his God,‘O Lord, there is none like You to help, between the mighty and the weak. Help us, O Lord our God, for we rely on You, and in Your name we have come against this multitude. O Lord, You are our God; let no man prevail against You.’So the Lord defeated the Ethiopians before Asa and before Judah, and the Ethiopians fled.”2 Chronicles 14:9-12-----Memory Catcher: The word “anxious” brings to mind “anxiety attack” and we now have 4 “A’s” in a row:Asa, Anxious, Anxiety AttackAsa bends the knee, when faced with insurmountable odds, and walks God’s people into an experience of miraculous victory through the power of prayer.-----When faced with a battle of a million men … King Asa gets down on his knees.Displaying an understanding and knowledge of the power of prayer, he simply casts himself on the mercy of God and takes the lesser role of “humble King in need.”Powerfully captivating and challenging, the profile of King Asa is one which reminds us in our present battle … that all battles belong to the Lord.Whether our battle originates with man, health, finances, poor decision making, or just plain sin is irrelevant when it is cast into the hands of an all-powerful God.-----God brought you to this site for a reason and He desires to reveal Himself to “you” in this particular season. Take your eyes off the battle, place them on the Victor, and place yourself in a posture of prayer and humility.Commit the battle and its outcome to the Lord.Your obstacle is God’s opportunity to reveal Himself to “you.”Now is the time to pray.-----Gracious and powerful Father,My eyes are lifted to You in this insurmountable battle.My weakness is given to you and requires Your strength.My soul is in need of You and commits itself to Your keeping.The outcome of this battle is Yours alone, Lord,Let victory be realized;Let Your power be manifest;Let me realize, anew, the provision and power procured me and secured me ...Through prayer.You are my reliance and I commit this battle to you.Amen.
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